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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask the OCs
I'm bored. And Teddy seems stuck someplace that we aren't all that interested in. So... ask the OCs. Why not? Maybe I'll even do a challenge call soon, but nothing too scary--like twenty or so, so I won't freeze up like last time. But for now, ask the OCs. Whatever you like.
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annie_in_europe From: annie_in_europe Date: October 19th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
If I may, Mary McAlister, how and when did you find out that Remus was a werewolf? How did that affect your decision to have him as a tenant?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I found out when everyone else did--when he lost his post at Hogwarts. It was in the papers, you know. Quite a scandal. And the very day it was in the news, I had a visit from Albus Dumbledore. If you ask me, the man had been ready for it. He knew everything about my Hogboon, and about how Julia Lupin was descended from our Squib girl, so the Hogboon would abide Remus Lupin's presence. He seemed to have even more ready, should I argue with him, so I stopped arguing.
looking4shadows From: looking4shadows Date: October 19th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Maddie, what is your perspective about Teddy getting involved with the Needle's Eye cases, and about the cases themselves?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Teddy is doing what Tonks would have done, and I'm proud of him.

As to the cases themselves, we have a madman who is killing people. Whatever the politics surrounding the situation, that's all I see. I think there are some extremely foolish people in the world, and they account for the mischief done on Sam's behalf.
From: kobegrace Date: October 19th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
To Corky AND Honoria: When/How/Where did you two first discover that you were falling in love with one another? (Not necessarily when/how/where did you first start fancying each other, although you can answer that, too.)

Also (if I can get away with asking it), Honoria, who of the Lupinlets is your favourite the one to whom you feel closest and why?
From: kobegrace Date: October 19th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and hi, Ellsworth!
amamama From: amamama Date: October 19th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruth, how are you doing these days? What kind of help have you got to deal with Sam and what he did?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm all right. I wasn't entirely happy to be sent off to talk to some sensitive woman at St. Mungo's, and I'm afraid I lied to her about how I felt. She was a stranger. Why would I tell her something like that?

The best medicine was catching the bastard.

If you're asking if I'm entirely back to what I was? I don't know. I certainly wouldn't lack for company, if I wanted it--you wouldn't believe the number of wizards who suddenly think I'd be a great date.

Truth is, of all the help I got, the most was from Ron and Harry, who kept treating me like a human being through everything. Teddy and Victoire's project to make my flat livable also helped get rid of a lot of ghosts that might have been living there. But the rest... I think, hope, that it will just take time.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 19th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)

oooh I love when you do these! okay so Father Alderman...

you mentioned that meeting with Lupin, and him breaking you off Greyback "imposed ideologies" was the first step for you to find GOD.

could you elaborate, in detail, more on that?

or even, did you have a notion of good from before, i mean from before Greyback bite you?

hope you are doing well
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: oooh I love when you do these! okay so Father Alderman...

I'm fine, thank you, Muse.

I was taken from my family when I was six, and Greyback made me believe that they hated me, and that was why they weren't looking for me (in fact, they believed I was dead). I was full of anger, and my only compass in life was whether or not something would end up with punishments from Greyback or the others. My structure in life was the structure of Greyback's pack... what it valued, I valued; what it hated, I hated. Which was everything except one another.

When Lupin came, he showed me that there was a way to be a man other than Greyback's way--that looking after smaller and weaker creatures showed more strength than just taking what we wanted from them. He showed me the world of books and thoughts, and of kindness and... well, you'll take this the wrong way, probably, but the world of guilt. Taken to extremes, it's not good, but guilt over things I should feel guilty about is the first step toward understanding myself as having more than my immediate needs to answer to. I was responsible to the other children, to Lupin himself, to my family (when Tonks found them). And it was through those connections, through understanding that they meant more than survival, that I started to intuit something beyond all of us, Something to Whom it mattered what I did and how I behaved.

And that's the short form of how Lupin the atheist saved my soul.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)

question time!

To Mehani patil
have you ever visited the muggle world, or lived there for any period of time?

(any muggle hospitals to visit, in the name of knowledge ;p)

and is the patil involved in the Teddy lupin illegal animagus hearing, of any relation to you?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: question time!

I haven't spent any significant time in the Muggle world, no. We're an old wizarding family. I'm interested enough when other Healers bring in Muggle methods, but I've never made an effort to connect.

Priya is my niece, the twins' younger sister.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)

second question....

*hope i can do this*

How did you (being in slytherin) and your brother being in Gryffindor (in a time where that would have been very complicated and even dangerous *like with having bellatrix as a dormmate*

how did you two dealt with that?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: second question....

It wasn't that unusual, really. The old House families--the Weasleys in Gryffindor, the Malfoys in Slytherin, the Smiths in Hufflepuff... they all think of these things as inherent to their bloodline. But most families are a bit more scattered. It only became dangerous in situations like Regulus and Sirius Black--partly because they were Bella's direct cousins, but mostly because they each took the most extreme path possible for their loyalties. For myself, I kept my head down. So did my brother.
kagehikario From: kagehikario Date: October 19th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Could I have a favourite anecdote from your time in Slytherin house at Hogwarts? Besides the obvious romantic epic. A little snapshot of your year's Slytherins, a fond memory of the (three?) of you.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there was the time we did that blood sacrifice... (At least, with our current crop of of Slytherins, I don't really have to specify that I'm kidding. Do I?)

Brendan was usually off doing his own thing with people in other years, so there aren't that many of all three of us. But there was a time, yeah. When Brendan missed getting on the Quidditch team for the second time (when we were third years), Maurice and I threw him a little party. I used the Charmer office to make up a whole series of articles where the team captain--it was Ellie Chen that year--kept losing games, and explaining how everything would have been better, if she'd just kept Brendan Lynch. They got kind of crazy, like how, if he'd just been there, he could have Summoned flying dinosaurs to catch the Snitch. We spent all night acting them out.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Aimee,

what is the best and worst thing about having Victorie as a sister?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
The best thing is that I haven't had to clean my own room since I was about six. I know that if I leave it long enough, Tropical Storm Victoire will blow through and get everything back in order. The worst thing? She set the bar a bit high. Head Girl, hex war, in on Teddy's adventures. I really have to hope for a good Azkaban escape if I'm even going to have a chance to catch up.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Hope I can still get in on this!

I finally finished Shades and am dying to know how the cubs are doing in France. What's the best/worst part of your new life? And Vivian: do you ever go searching for the Lady again?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hope I can still get in on this!

Vivian: We're doing quite well, actually. The Sanctuary has become a proper village, and we have feasts before the full moon. We haven't had an entirely proper education, but we've seen to it that we've had some education, at least.

There's no point looking for the Lady. She sent me out of the Forest when the Death Eaters took over Hogwarts, and then she went to sleep. There's no finding her now until she decides to wake up.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Donzo,
How did it make you feel when people assume you "got off lightly" with the Animagus fine (even though it was a lawful sentence) because of your wealth and status?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
About as you'd expect!

Really, it's part of the territory, Dad says. He got accused of stealing someone's lyrics once--he didn't do it, and he proved he didn't do it, but people went on and on about how he only won because he had money to "buy off" the judges. It's annoying, but not surprising. I'm trying to ignore it. Dad says that's the only way.
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: October 19th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vavoom, what's your favorite toy? Do you wish there were more playmates for you, or is Donzo just a big kid?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
My very favoritest toy in the whole world is my hopping cauldron, like in the story. It follows me everywhere and tells me secrets! Donzo's a grown-up. I wish there was another little person. But all the grown-ups read to me and play with me and take care of me, and I get to go on stage sometimes and dance with them.
pevara From: pevara Date: October 19th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dear Maurice: a) I think you're awesome. You singlehandedly make this hardcore Ravenclaw into a Slytherin fangirl. b) Did you ever have a mutual romantic relationship with someone, that is, did you ever like/love someone romantically and they felt the same way about you? I really hope so, because you deserve more than just bittersweet happiness. (Please don't be offended! I'm not at all trying to belittle your relationship with Donzo!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, that question. The answer is no. It's not something I ever really spent a lot of time worrying about, and I'm not wasting away for lack of a lover, but sure, it gets lonely sometimes. I think, after a while, I lost much interest in even having that sort of relationship on a long term basis (make no mistake, there were a few, shall we say, extremely short term ones, though even those faded away over time), even with the one person I really desired it with. I believe the polite term used for men like me is "confirmed bachelor."
sidealong From: sidealong Date: October 19th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can you share a happy memory with us?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why, so you can hold it up for ridicule?

I recall, as a child, there were meetings in my parents' house, protesting the Blair government. I had crayons, and was allowed to color signs. All of the adults thought me quite clever, and I got to ride on the shoulders of one of Dad's students--a big fellow--when we actually had the rally. I held up a sign that said "B. Liar," and had drawn the picture of the man myself. We had a picnic after it, and there were a great many good things to eat, and we played with a Frisbee in the park. One of the students had a dog, which I rarely got to play with, as our flat didn't allow animals, and it was quite pleasant, really.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: October 19th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, I missed it. I'll blame a midterm.

Just in case, then:
Maddie, what do your bosses and collagues think of Teddy's animagus and murderer-catcher abilities?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, they're quite enchanted with him. It may surprise you to know this, but Gryffindor-types aren't often drawn to work in the Department of Mysteries, and they find his tendency to just jump into things very exotic. We had all rather suspected that he'd mastered the Animagus charm; his inquiries on the matter weren't as subtle as he liked to think. When we knew what he could do, we really did joke about having him deliver our post every morning.
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